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Garden Design for Beginners

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional; Short course
  • Course Fee:

    £349 (10% discount if you're a student or returning customer)

  • Start Date(s): 4 March 2021
  • Duration: Ten weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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If you’re an amateur gardener with a general interest in garden design, or you’re looking to learn new skills to use in your own garden, or simply a career change, then this is the course for you.

We’ll introduce you to the principles of garden design which will help you develop a range of technical skills that can be applied to a garden space. We’ll also show you how to draw garden design plans accurately by hand, explore the processes of choosing hard landscaping materials, and briefly cover how to develop a planting scheme.

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What you’ll study

On this course you will learn about:

  • an understanding of design principles
  • basic site surveying techniques
  • 2D plan drafting and graphics
  • development of garden concepts
  • introduction to hard landscaping materials

How you’re taught

This course will be taught live online, using Microsoft Teams over 10 weeks.

Each session will take place on Thursdays, from 7 pm – 9 pm (GMT) on the following dates:

  • 4, 11, 18 and 25 March 2021
  • 22 and 29 April 2021
  • 6, 13, 20 and 27 May 2021

Contact hours

20 hours of online, live teaching time with our expert academic.

What you'll gain

You will undertake a series of practical exercises as homework, including surveying and technical drawing and by the end of the course you will have prepared your own garden design scheme.

If you attend more than 80% of the course you will be given a certificate of attendance.

Do you need to purchase any equipment or materials to complete the course?

Whilst not essential the following items are recommended to allow you to carry out your site survey on your chosen garden space and to work on your designs outside of the class:

Surveying equipment (required to undertake a site survey in your own time):

  • 2 x 30m or 50m flexible tape measures
  • Clipboard
  • Pencil
  • A4 paper

Drawing equipment (please note that this is not needed to complete the online course, but you may be interested in these items if you want to set yourself up with professional equipment):

  • A1 Drawing Board
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Fineliner pens
  • Eraser
  • Scale rule
  • Adjustable set square
  • Compass set
  • Circle template
  • A2 tracing paper
  • A2 layout paper

Tutor profile

Yvette is an experienced garden designer and lecturer with particular interests in wildlife gardening and design psychology. Combining lifelong passions for garden design, horticulture and art, Yvette graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2010 with a First Class Honours Degree in Environmental Design and Management. Prior to this she completed the Foundation Degree programme in Horticulture, Garden Design, to Distinction level. Yvette received awards for outstanding achievement in each year of study.

In 2011, trade stands designed by Yvette for Hillarys Blinds were awarded the prestigious RHS Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Presentation at both the RHS Hampton Court and Tatton Park Flower Shows.

During the flower show season, Yvette currently works with TV gardener David Domoney as Head of Planting for his gardens and exhibits. Recently this has included the RHS Chelsea, RHS Hampton Court Palace, and Southport Flower Shows.

Alongside running her own garden design business, Yvette lectures in Garden Design, Applied Design and International Landscape Strategies at our Brackenhurst Campus. She is also a course tutor at the British Academy of Garden Design.

How you’re assessed

There is no assessment, but a certificate of attendance will be provided for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

No experience necessary as this course is for beginners.

Fees and funding

£349 (10% discount if you're a student or returning customer)

How to apply

To book your place on this course, visit our online store.

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